Can't really answer the question, but this weekend there were ~10 tents on the Col du Midi, 4-5 between Tour Ronde and Grand Capucin and 2-3 near the Col du Petit Flambeau. Hence probably no, but of course I don't know whether these people had any hassles.
I agree with you, i also find the amount of waste in places a disgrace. I dont intend on camping with the rest of the hordes around the gouter or on the midi anyway, im considering a dusk til dawn camp on the summit (weather dependent)or as close to it as possible so as to have some rare solitude. The tent will be down before early morning summiteers arrive and without a single turd deposited
> But i thought the ban extended to bivvying as well?
Well traditionally wild camping has been illegal but bivvying (between sundown and sunrise) has been allowed. Your post made me wonder if things had changed so I emailed the OHM in Chamonix and got this reply:
> Oui le bivouac en montagne entre couché et levé du soleil est autorisé dans le massif à l'exception de la voie normale d'ascension du Mont Blanc où il est uniquement autorisé de bivouaquer à Tête Rousse et pas plus haut.
Seems nothing has changed apart from maybe the restriction on the Goûter route.
- made my way to the new Gouter Hut as I have a booking
- in fact I originally booked a place at the Gouter Hut on 3 July but took up a last-minute opportunity (I enlisted myself to a stand-by bed for a number of days thus got email alerts) to shift my booking to the 30 june.
- my decision to shift is really base on weather. I was in Chamonix early
In summer 2013, gendarmes came 6 times to col du midi to ask people to take their tents down (there were up to 42 tents!). It's tolerated between sunset and sunrise, but theoretically not during the day.
Anywhere else that's not on a normal route to the summit of Mont Blanc, you'll most likely be just fine.